Internet can cause distraction at work, notes survey

27 Oct,2014

By A Correspondent


A survey by on a sample size of 4000 people in India states that about 59 per cent of the populace have been distracted from completing work by checking emails, browsing the web, and engaging with social media. Also 46 per cent admitted that the reduction in productivity caused them dissatisfaction and unhappiness. The survey was released by on the day it launched its internet blocking and productivity application in India.


Out of all the groups of people questions, writers and homeworkers were more likely to be affected, with 70 per cent of India writers saying they had been distracted by the internet. About 61 per cent said they lost their chain of thought because they checked and responded to an email or social media alert while they were working on a report or longer piece of written work.


Further about 38 per cent of the populace said that checking emails and social media cost them more than an hour a day in productivity while 14 per cent claimed they lost more than an hour a day.


About 54 per cent said they spent more time checking social media, emails and browsing the web while working from home, although they also said working in the office also didn’t stop them from being distracted by the internet.


Will Little, who designed and created Webtrate, shared: “The internet plays into our worst habits. Despite its many benefits, it is helping to fuel procrastination and lower levels of productivity by giving us access to an immediate menu of instant distractions.”


Adding further he said, “The survey suggests our impulse control is getting weaker in a world of instant gratification. Yet the pressure of work should mitigate against our desire to access the internet. Unfortunately the draw of the internet is so strong that our ability to concentrate is losing the battle. It is now directly impacting on productivity levels and many people just can’t seem to help themselves. In many cases, they don’t even realise how much productivity they are losing to internet.”


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